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New Business Bootcamps and FREE retail space in Love Local Hub for 2022

In the week that a national report has placed Milton Keynes in the top ten cities for business start-ups and productivity, Milton Keynes Council has announced it is to invest a further £55,000 to support female entrepreneurs, having already committed £35,000 to the Love Local Hub & Incubation Nation.

The Love Local Hub & Incubation Nation is part of the Council’s commitment to helping women get back into work, as research suggests they’ve been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and have been almost twice as likely as men to lose their jobs through the crisis.  The project falls within the Council’s £3.1m Economic Recovery Plan to support businesses and provide training to help local people find work.

50 businesses took part in 2021 and we now have funding to keep mentoring and developing these businesses. Plus we have funding for another 50 businesses to join the programme in 2022.


There will be 4 group sessions: You’ll have to be available once a week for 12 weeks and have all insurance and certification in place for your products to receive a FREE £25 per week space for 12 weeks, saving you £300.


Bootcamp 3: 15 places available – Friday Morning Session 10-11.30 am 

  • 13th May > 15th July (FREE space from 8th May till 31st July)

Bootcamp 4: 15 places available – Thursday Evening Session 7-8.30pm

  • 12th May > 14th July (FREE space from 8th May till 31st July)

*** You must be a Milton Keynes business to take part in these courses ***


Week 1: Welcome to the Love Local Hub – Session at the store

Week 2:

  • Where are you now? Business Review Session – Online
  • Where you want to be in 12 months? Strategy session – Online

Week 3: Sales review & Pricing – Session at the store

Week 4: Profit and Loss – Online 

Week 5: Showcase your products – Photography Session – Session at the store

Week 6: Social Media Strategy – Online

Week 7: Marketing Master Class – Session at the store

Week 8: Business Plan Practical Session – 2 hours Session at the store / Online

Week 9 & 10: 1:2:1 review of business plan, Headshots and 12 months goals – Session at the store

These sessions will get your business and mindset into the right space to grow your business and test the sales in our bricks and mortar store FREE for 12 weeks.

To apply – Please email


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Samantha Poole, co-founder of Incubation Nation and the Love Local Hub, said: “Through our continued support for women owned businesses within Milton Keynes and as part of the Covid recovery agenda, we are delighted to be able to offer our valuable business bootcamp courses in store, which makes our supportive and creative hub and shop more able to support women locally in developing and growing great businesses.  The result is shoppers also get a great shopping experience and a chance to support local in a top 10 UK shopping centre.

“Our mission is to support women post-pandemic to achieve equal opportunities to grow their business successfully.  With our mentoring program and business bootcamps, women can confidently build and grow sustainable businesses whilst supporting their family and the economy.”

Those interested applying should contact

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